Still in the Century
was a lot of fun and excitement at the 2001 Anzio Championship:
many tension-packed games, victory snatched from the jaws of
defeat, astounding runs of dice, and another changing of the
Carrying momentum from last year, this summer's 2001 Anzio
tournament enjoyed tremendous success with the Swiss-Elim format,
drawing a total of 21 entrants. On Tuesday, we got off to a flying
start, as eleven early arrivers were eager to get into the fray.
By Wednesday, the veteran cast of Anzio regulars were
all there, along with some eager newcomers. This made for an
excellent field of combatants who squared off for a total of
27 hard-fought games. Snaring top honors in his third try, Steven
Likevich became the second first-time winner in two years.
Steve began his march to the finals by defeating Paul Fletcher
in a very close game. Steve's Allies were nearly evicted from
their initial invasion beachhead at Terracina. The German offensive
actually retook the city but fell just short of destroying the
entire beachhead, as mud arrived to end the German air superiority.
The Allies hung on and eventually got their five cities. After
a victory over Jim Mehl's Germans, Steve was ready for a third
In the meantime, a newcomer to this tournament, John Grant,
was making waves. John, a veteran gamer who has plaques from
Bulge '81 and Russian Front tournaments, had never played Anzio
before last summer. The reigning Anzio champ Bob Ryan taught
John the game, and they practiced for the 2001 tournament by
E-mail. It appears that Bob did an excellent job teaching, because
John not only knocked off his teacher, but he also beat Tom Oleson,
and gave seven-time champ Mike Sincavage (above, right) a real
scare. Mike's Germans looked defeated on the last turn of their
game, but Mike was able to find a not-so-obvious automatic victory
in the middle of the Allied line. This opened the way for the
Germans to recapture a city and gain the narrow victory.
playing three former champs, John could have rested on his laurels
and had a good chance to make it to the finals, but he chose
to take on Steve Likevich. He came close to crushing Steve's
Napoli invasion, but fell just short. The weakened Germans were
then relegated to defense and the Allies eventually made good
progress overland. The game remained close to the end. A tactical
coup by the Allies at Anzio sealed the victory for Steve in the
last couple of turns, gaining him a record of 3-0.
Mike Sincavage's victories over Paul O'Neil and Bryan Jackson
put him at 3-0 also, which set the table for the tournament final:
Steve Likevich vs. Mike Sincavage. Steve drew the Germans and
denied Termoli and Napoli as viable invasion sites with his initial
setup. This left Terracina and Salerno as the most reasonable
remaining choices. Mike decided to avoid Terracina, knowing that
Steve would go all out to crush the invasion, with Germans having
air superiority. So, Salerno it was. To win the game is a long
haul for the Allies from Salerno, but Mike is a seven-time champ
for good reasons. He seldom makes blunders and has an uncanny
ability to spot weak points and small errors in his opponents'
positions. Nonetheless, Steve kept his cool and played a solid
game, avoiding errors that would give the Allies an opening.
Alas for Mike, he couldn't BUY a decent die roll. Each of the
six or more 1:1 & 1:2 Allied attacks on Vesuvio was repulsed.
The Allies couldn't get off the dime until too late in the game
and Steve's Germans held on for victory. As Mike reported after
the game, Steve played extremely well with the Germans and the
Allies would have had a tough time winning even with "kinder"
It was a well-earned first place for Steve (4-0), and a strong
tournament for Mike who ended up with the second place honors,
on a record of 3-1. Worthy of note is the sportsmanship displayed
by Steve throughout the tournament. Steve is just a really nice
guy and always a pleasure to play against. Actually, this is
the norm for the Anzio group, but I think that all would
agree that Steve stood out in this regard. In the consolation
game, Tom Oleson, 9-2, defeated old friend Paul Fletcher, 2-2,
to secure third place. John Grant, 2-2, finished fifth and veteran
Chris Harris, 2-2, finished sixth.
Bill Scott, a strong Anzio player, had fun defeating
Tom Oleson with some glorious help from the dice. Nick Frydas
returned to the tournament after several years absence, and made
a good showing, going (1-1) with his only loss to Tom Oleson.
Tom enjoyed games with 11 friends, including Bryan Jackson, who
was back for four games, and Walt Garman, a tournament regular.
Paul O'Neil's silly songs did not help his luck this year, and
Bruno Sinigaglio fell victim to Bob Ryan's tough Germans.
All in all ,there were 27 games played with the Germans winning
15. As for initial invasion sites, the Allies won: two of six
invading at Salerno, three of five invading at Napoli, two of
three invading at Terracina, and five of 12 invading at Termoli
while losing their only attempt at Mondragone. Throughout the
tournament, good sportsmanship was the rule, and the participants
had a great time.
2001 PBeM Tournament
22 players took part in BPA's Anzio PBeM tournament
hosted by Bruno Sinigaglio's BPAClassics.com. The laurel winners
were as follows:
1st. Bob Ryan, MI
2nd. Tom Oleson, WA
3rd. Steve Likevich, OH
4th. Paul Fletcher, CT
5th. Bryan Jackson, NY
6th. John Ellsworth, IL